To Japan Times:
In your last article on the Nowruz in Kurdistan, a correspondent made reference as to the fete of the Kurds, celebrating 2,000 years of their freedom… “the Kurds attained their freedom by defeating the Assyrians in 612 B.C….”
It is rather irresponsible for a correspondent to write stories based on passions, rather than facts in a respectable newspaper, such as ‘Japan Times’.
The name Kurds derives from ancient Assyrian word ‘Kurtas[sh], meaning people of the mountains.
There was never a nation recognized as such in all of the recorded history of mankind.
Definitely, the Kurds have nationalistic roots, and profess it, however, it is from the tribal nomenclatures, and, for the first time that the Kurds ever achieved prominence, was when the Soviet Union, while stationing its troops with the Allies - Britain and US - in Iran, since 1941, decided to stage a political base, and immediately, at the end of the WWI, in 1945, opted for a Kurdish enclave in northwestern Iran, by calling it Mahabad. This enclave was to support the Iranian Province of Azerbaijan that had been transformed into a Communist State, as well.
The fall of Assyria in 612 BC was in no way by the tactics, nor by the forces of the Kurds, but rather by the combined forces of the Medes [Persians] and Babylonians combined.
This writer, as perhaps many other Assyrians sympathizes with the Kurdish aspirations for their culture, language, freedom and eventual independence, but not at the expense of the culture, language, history, freedom, and eventual independence of Assyria.
Additional pertinent and historical information on Assyria and Assyrians shall be provided at your request.
Cypress, CA 90630